Making a Positive Impact on Local and Global Communities
The Master of Arts in International Development and Service (MA IDS) is a unique program, offered in partnership between Concordia University and an organization called IPSL. With a credo of “International Development through Service Leadership,” IPSL’s mission of providing meaningful service opportunities for students, both locally and abroad, pairs perfectly with Concordia’s mission of preparing leaders for the transformation of society.
The MA IDS program is designed for students who have already earned a baccalaureate degree and want to pursue a master’s degree that combines time in the United States with several overseas experiences. During this two-year program, students spend their first and fourth semesters taking classes on Concordia’s campus in Portland, Oregon; their second semester in Siena, Italy; and their third semester in a developing country (options currently include Thailand and Ecuador). Students also spend time working with various organizations in service-learning experiences each semester of the program. The MA IDS program begins every fall (August) and spring (January).